Isaiah Stafford, a recent journalism and political science graduate, and Kathy Roberts Forde, journalism and associate dean for equity and inclusion, have written an article for the series Made by History published by The Washington Post. "The history of Memphis set the stage for the killing of Tyre Nichols" explores the history of policing in Memphis, including The Memphis Massacre of 1866 where 48 Black people were murdered and Black neighborhoods were burned to the ground. 

"The stakes for young Black men in Memphis – indeed for all young Black men in the country – couldn't be higher. It is quite literally a matter of life and death – and whether our country's promise of a fair and just democracy for all will ever be achieved," writes Stafford and Forde. 

Stafford will be attending the Beasley School of Law at Temple University this fall.